Juneteenth has taken on a symbolic national reverence as the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas, but, in reality, the emancipation proclamation didn’t end slavery, and neither did the civil war. Reporter Nicole Ellis revisits Galveston, Texas, where General Gordon Granger delivered an order that emancipated 250,000 enslaved people in Texas. Granger clarifying words on the value of black life in America distinguishes Juneteenth as emancipation day. But our ability to live up to that ideal as a nation is best measured in, the days, weeks, and years that followed. Read more: SPECIAL OFFER: To thank you for your support, here’s a deal on a Washington Post digital subscription: $29 for one year

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